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02 May 16 #477670 by Trolly Dolly
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Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but that has been my experience. I am sure someone might jump on this thread and have a more positive story but from what I''ve seen the person who has the most money to throw at it will always win and in my case is my stbx.
Unfortunately the law relating to divorce is not black and white. I only got as far as FDR which has already cost my £27k in legal fees including my barrister. I had literally run out of money and was terrified that it would go to a final hearing with me having to pay the costs for both of us. As a result I was under pressure to cave in and accept a totally rubbish settlement. The FMH is to be sold even though it''s in negative equity so basically I''ll walk away with no money from the house at all. My stbx has agreed to fund the cost of the deficit with money I believe he hid with his brother. The downside of that is that I got a reduced share of his pension. He is an extremely high earner whilst I work part time.
I gave my barrister a list as long as my arm pointing out all the holes in stbx form E and answers to the questionnaire that was total lies. None of which was brought up in the case summary in court.
I can''t even begin to tell you how little I came away with despite being the better off party when we met. I am beyond despair about how I will manage going forward. I have owned my own home since I''m 23 yet I''m now 45 and have to face the prospect of living in rented accommodation for the rest of my life.
My stbx barrister pleaded poverty on his behalf and unfortunately the judges recommendations were based on that. I feel totally let down by the legal system. I am in the depths of despair and what makes it worse is knowing there is nothing I can do about it.
Just prepare yourself for the worst outcome then anything above that is a bonus. Unfortunately my barrister told me how confident he was of a great outcome but that didn''t happen. The truth is we are just another case for them.

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